May 31, 2024 - Business

Travail owners eye Bloomington for second Pig Ate My Pizza restaurant

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The chefs behind popular Robbinsdale restaurant Travail are eyeing Bloomington to open a second location to serve their acclaimed Pig Ate My Pizza pies.

Driving the news: The Travail group has submitted plans for a 3,000-square-foot restaurant at 10700 Bloomington Ferry Road, near Highway 169 and Old Shakopee Road.

Catch up fast: Pig Ate My Pizza operated near Travail for several years before the owners closed it and reopened as Nouvelle Brewing, which serves Pig Ate My Pizza recipes.

  • Last year, Food & Wine ranked Pig Ate My Pizza as the fourth-best pizzeria in the U.S., and the Travail chefs have been semifinalists for James Beard awards several times.

What they're saying: "Our intention is to mimic the model of Pig Ate My Pizza and provide the same quality, value, and friendly local restaurant to a new community in Bloomington," the Travail owners wrote in a letter to the city.

What's ahead: The city's Planning Commission will vote on the proposal on Thursday.

  • A Travail spokesperson said in an email that the Bloomington project is still in the early phases and noted that it's one of a few the company is working on as it looks to grow in 2024.

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